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The wound dressing supply chain within England's National Health Service: unravelling the context for users

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51 - 61
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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AIM: To explore the representation of user needs (nurses and patients, both individuals and groups) at the industrial (wound dressing manufacture) and National Health Service interface. MAIN ISSUES: The wound dressing supply chain is outlined, tracking organizational changes. The methods that are used to transfer user information between industries that produce dressings and those using the products are reviewed in terms of their ability to communicate what users need from dressings. Organizational policies and systems are outlined, with the focus on their role in facilitating the communication of user needs. CONCLUSION: Methods for generating user information that can directly inform dressing design are needed together with interactive communication routes within the supply chain, specifically between users, manufacturers, purchasers and suppliers. This will facilitate dual benefits for nursing management through improvements in purchasing decisions and nurses' management of wound care

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